I recently finished up my 30 days as a vegan and I can definitely say it was a positive experience. I learnt quite a lot over those 30 days, it’s re-framed the way I now think about food and going forward, my decisions around the food I eat will be different.
The first 10 days or so were quite hard. I had a bit of a flu going into it, but I really hadn’t planned or prepared very well for that first week. There were a few occasions where I either unintentionally or intentionally ate animal products. Most of the time this was down to making assumptions that the food I was eating didn’t contain dairy or I hadn’t planned well enough. After that first week and a half, it started to get easier and more enjoyable. By the end of the 3rd week, I started to feel like I had a lot more energy and felt good overall. As a result of going vegan, I was eating a lot less sugar and processed foods, so with that in mind it makes sense I was feeling healthier.
I’ve been a pretty big meat eater most of my life, but surprisingly I didn’t miss meat at all. I actually feel like I’ve gone off meat a bit as a result, particularly red meat. I’m fine with chicken and fish, but red meat is just not appetizing anymore. That might come back over time, but I’m ok with not eating red meat. I did miss dairy quite a bit, in particular yoghurt and cheese. I tried the coconut milk yoghurt and vegan cheese, but it just didn’t feel the same.
Going forward, I plan on eating a mostly vegetarian diet, with the occasional bit of chicken or fish. But I’ll still continue to try out new vegan foods and recipes. I recently read an article about nutritional yeast (or yeast flakes) and how it can be used as a cheese substitute. So I’m pretty keen to give that a go. I’m also going to keep an eye out for more vegan friendly meals when we go out for lunch or dinner. We went to this Japanese fusion restaurant the other day and they had this roasted sweet potato with sweet and sour hummus. It was fantastic!
Overall, I’m glad I did it. Whilst I’m not sure if a long-term vegan diet is for me, I’m now a lot more excited to eat meals that don’t contain meat.